Katharine Rietig

Former PhD student

Katharine’s research interests evolve around the governance of climate change. At the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), her PhD is on learning in policy-making. She examines to what extent learning occurs in the policy process of integrating climate change objectives into other sectoral policies such as energy, transport, agriculture and economic development. Her analysis takes a multilevel perspective with a focus on the European level, but also involves the domestic level and multilateral negotiations such as those within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Katharine receives a PhD scholarship as Murmann Fellow funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. At LSE, she is supervised by Dr Richard Perkins and Dr Michael Mason (review supervisor).

Background

Katharine holds an MA degree in Political Science, Economics and International Law, with a concentration in International Relations and Environmental Economics from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich (LMU Munich). She also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation (Distinction) and the full Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Katharine also studied International Business and Trade at American University in Washington DC, USA, and Zhejiang University in China.

Katharine is Graduate Teaching Assistant in LSE’s Geography and Environment Department in Environmental Governance and contributes as Research Assistant to the GLOBE climate change legislation study at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is also Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Network.

Previously, Katharine worked as Research Assistant at the Grantham Research Institute with Michael Jacobs on climate diplomacy and green growth with a focus on India and the European Union. At the LSE Government Department she was contributor and Project Administrator to the research project Sustainable RIO on sustainable development in the EU, a three year joint initiative between LSE, Sciences Po Paris and Free University Berlin. Sustainable RIO was funded by the European Community under the 7th Framework Programme. Katharine was also Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in the European Union Research Group and Teaching Fellow in the Political Science Department (Chair of International Politics) at LMU Munich.

Her non-academic work experience includes the Directorate General for Climate Action at the European Commission, the World Bank’s Development Gateway Foundation in Washington DC, the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, BMW and the Green Party in the Bavarian Parliament. She was President of an educational non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Research interests

  • Learning in policy making;
  • Multilevel governance;
  • Climate policy integration;
  • Global environmental governance;
  • Nongovernmental actors;
  • International organisations.

Further information

2014

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study 2014

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

2012

Working paper  1 July, 2012

Climate policy integration beyond principled priority: a framework for analysis

Countries aiming to achieve ambitious international and national climate objectives need to integrate climate considerations into all sectoral policies. This contribution argues that since climate change … read more »

2011

Working paper  1 December, 2011

Public pressure versus lobbying – how do Environmental NGOs matter most in climate negotiations?

Advocacy nongovernmental organisations have the largest influence on the outcome of climate negotiations when they mobilise public pressure in collaboration with the media. Environmental NGOs can … read more »

Working paper  1 September, 2011

The influence of academics as insider-nongovernmental actors in the Post-Kyoto Protocol Climate Change Negotiations: a matter of timing, network and policy-entrepreneurial capabilities

Nongovernmental actors influence negotiations with insider or outsider strategies. Academics are valued by government delegates for the neutrality and expertise they can provide as policy advisors … read more »

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2014

Policy publications  1 February, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition available The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global … read more »

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study 2014

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

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2012

Commentary  1 August, 2012

International climate change politics: challenges and opportunities

Evidence presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that the human impact on the planet over the past two centuries led to environmental degradation and atmospheric alteration … read more »

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